Tetris poised for PS3 debut next month

EA Mobile developing block-dropping puzzle game for Sony's console for first time as a downloadable game with cooperative and competitive multiplayer, 1080p graphics, 5.1 surround sound.

From the Phillips CD-i to the Wonderswan Color to the Nuon, Tetris has appeared on just about every major gaming platform since the days of the NES, with one glaring exception. That exception will be remedied shortly, as Electronic Arts today announced that Tetris would arrive on the PlayStation 3 next month.

5.1 surround sound should immerse players in the block-dropping beats.

Developed by EA Mobile, the PS3 edition of Tetris will launch as a downloadable title on the PlayStation Network. While the game will include the standard single-player Marathon mode of Tetris play, it will pack in a variety of competitive and cooperative multiplayer options for up to six players. Up to four players can play their own Marathon mode at the same time locally, and a new Challenge mode features a dozen variants to the Tetris formula. Additionally, players will be able to compete against "replays" of their friends' games to see how they stack up.

Beyond game modes, Tetris for PSN will include worldwide and regional leaderboards. And despite the simple nature of the game, EA is promoting the presentation of the game, promising 1080p visuals and 5.1 surround sound support for the aesthetically discerning block-dropper.

This is not EA Mobile's first crack at the Tetris franchise. When the PSP Go launched and Sony introduced PSP minis, EA Mobile's Tetris was the biggest (and most expensive) game of the program. (Some PSP minis are playable on the PS3, but Tetris is a notable exception.) The studio also created versions of the game for the iPhone, Windows Mobile devices, and other cell phone platforms. Since 2005, Tetris has sold more than 100 million paid copies to mobile phone users.

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GatorAdam
GatorAdam

Astro, I have to respectfully disagree. I've been playing since the original NES version, and my vote would go to either "The New Tetris" for the N64 or "Tetris DS". For those unfamiliar, "The New Tetris" (not to be confused with "Tetrisphere", which was fun in its own right) offered the major tweak of converting self-contained 4x4 regions to silver or gold blocks which multiplied what a line-clear would be worth. Also, the 4-player vs. mode was incredible fun. And as for Tetris DS, it's been the best implementation of internet-based multi-player in the series.

astro128
astro128

I REALLY hope they have the breakaway pieces mode like in "The Next Tetris" for the original Playstation. That was the best version of Tetris ever - the multiplayer competition mode where you had best of 5 game matches was cool too.

dadoesch
dadoesch

@Petch 1984 -- I remember the rockets too! Didn't they have different ones, from small ones to the massive Apollo ones to even the shuttle?

dadoesch
dadoesch

Yeah, stupid Tetris Mini. I like PSN a lot, but they should clearly label which Minis work on the PS3. I was excited to see Tetris, inspected the Mini, and saw nothing saying it was only compatible with PSP and not the PS3. So I bought it and learned after the fact that it was not compatible. I called customer support and complained but nothing came of it. It was the first time I purchased a Mini, and because of my experience, the last time. Here's hoping for a good Tetris game on the PS3.

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@shawn_ofda_dead ok point taken :) I just dont see the fun in playing a game that has been re-done about 50 times. Why not just make a time machine?

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

So that's why the Tetris Mini won't work on the PS3.

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

im getting it aslong as the game has old 8bit music :P heck its tetris i'll buy it anyway.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@theKSMM What are you talking about? Modern Warfare, The Darkness, Riddick, and Burnout Paradise (to name a few) are not only in 1080p, but look amazing! Your comment's about 3 years too late.

theKSMM
theKSMM

The PS3 finally gets a game it can handle at 1080p. Shocking.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

5.1 surround sound and 1080p is necessary for tetris. I need to know if I'm getting a vertical line, not some pixelated crap floating down the screen. Playing tetris at a young age was hard cause all the pieces looked the same and lacked textures. I'm glad to see this problem will be solved. Also it's good to know if a block is dropping from behind me with the 5.1 surround sound.

Petch1984
Petch1984

I remember playing the gameboy version up until the rocket took off - no one believed me that there was a rocket in the game...

Johny_47
Johny_47

Yeah because people would prefer tetris over the cross game chat update, I don't really care if I seem ungrateful but why is the chat thing taking so long? it's been in Sony's 'pipeline' for way too long.

robalemcl
robalemcl

oh yes, because this isnt on enough consoles yet

Vaanelo99
Vaanelo99

Why do some news sites say that this is out on PSN right now, yet Gamespot says it will be out in December??

Lucca202
Lucca202

Do they know that they are actually competing with Lumines Supernova by releasing this? I sure hope they do. Because the screenshots make it look like it's going to absolutely blow.

bobtelco123
bobtelco123

I paid good money for (Tetris mini ) on my psp... why do i need to pay again to play it on my ps3 .... Money Grab...

Knutte79
Knutte79

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Knutte79

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Denji
Denji

@NeonNinja Yeah, it can run anything but a web browser :P lol

Denji
Denji

I guess that "mini" thing didn't count...?

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@parkurtommo The point of video games is not to kill things. Go hunting if that is your intention. I am really surprised that it has taken this long for such a classic game to show up on the next gen consoles. It won't sell a whole lot to the younger "i p0wn n00bs" crowd of gamers, but it is a sure fire cash in terms of the legions of old school gamers that like a good challenge. Thats assuming that they don't already have a copy on their phone, computer, or other system that they play regularly.

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

tetris? thats one of the most boringest games i've ever played and ive played pac-man so thats saying something =(

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

make it for psp not for ps3!, and surround sound for what this is just a waste of hardware! tetris is good for handheld not consoles!

GatorAdam
GatorAdam

No mention of online PvP? Surely that couldn't be too hard to integrate.

thk123
thk123

If this doesn't have full Playstation move support I am not getting it

TheTenth10
TheTenth10

will this work with the PSP? bought the PSP game and the modes are not so good, and the music is horrible

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

I'm really not interested in this, tetris is for casual mobile gamers and for 40 year old nerds. Seriously, can you kill anything in tetris? I didn't think so, that is the main purpose of video games, to have fun crushing your opponent. Just like all games of any technology.

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

They should do really wierd stuff instead of following the same 2d design, maybe make it 3d (not completely ofcourse) and then have really radical twirly designs.

rimidi
rimidi

Lousy double dipping. There's no reason that the $10 PSP mini version can't be played on the PS3 other than the fact that they want to sell me a much more expensive PS3 exclusive version. And the high end visuals and sound? Tetris on the Gameboy is just as good as any other version. Graphics don't matter for Tetris.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

This is great, but 1080p graphics, for Tetris.... really? Just no need whatsoever. They could still be on an old Gameboy dot matrix screen and I'd enjoy the game just as much

twiglet015
twiglet015

Wow... bet this pushes the boundaries of the ps3's hardware...

LovePotionNo9
LovePotionNo9

This is the game they wanted us to rebuy if we wanted to play on our PS3s instead of just letting us play the Mini on our PS3 like they should. Sure hope the 1080p is worth the extra.

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Ps3--GaMeR

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kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Hmm... Tetris is best suited for a handheld in my opinion.

Halloll
Halloll

It's freaking tetris!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Woah woah woah, wait...Tetris? On my PS3? Isn't this just the defining moment of the PS3's lifespan? Finally my HD tv and next gen gaming console are going to pay for themselves! Great reporting.

magicianhunter
magicianhunter

@kiramasaki LOL @ the games I like should be in my console of preference whilst the games I don't shouldn't.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@x_Xarion_x Who's FORCING you to buy it? Don't buy it if you don't want to.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@alfredooo It's the Cell dude, THE CELL CAN RUN ANYTHING! :P

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

honestly this kind of thing is better suited to the wii, and some of the stuff the wii gets, ahem ffIV after years, better suited to the ps3

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

This will be a good addition to any gamer's library - if not for themselves then for their friends/family who are more casual gamers. I do think its a bit silly to do it in 1080p, though - sorta overkill for a puzzle game. Ah well, no big deal. Probably be better if they used vector based graphics since those will look good at any resolution...

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

interesting facts but how much will it cost